Introducing Naoko Shimizu, touring for Musica Viva in September
Born in Osaka, Naoko Shimizu played the violin before she decided to switch to the viola in 1992, studying with Nobuo Okada at the Toho Gauken College of Music. She moved to Germany in 1994 to continue her studies with Nobuko Imai at the Detmold Music Academy. That summer she was invited to the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival; she has appeared on many occasions at the Marlboro Music Festival, and took part in the Musicians from Marlboro tour.
She was the winner of the Geneva International Competition in 1996, took first prize at the 1997 ARD International Music Competition in Munich, and won the Young Concert Artist International Auditions in New York in 1998.
In addition to her orchestral activities, Naoko Shimizu also gives recitals in Italy, Japan and the USA, and appears as a soloist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Budapest Strings and other orchestras in Europe and Japan.